Journal article

Self-reported testing and treatment histories among older Australian men and women who may be at risk of a sexually transmissible infection

Wendy Heywood, Anthony Lyons, Bianca Fileborn, Victor Minichiello, Catherine Barrett, Graham Brown, Sharron Hinchliff, Sue Malta, Pauline Crameri



BACKGROUND: Rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are increasing among older adults in many countries. Little is known about the testing and treatment histories of these populations. Correlates of testing in the past 5 years among older adults who may be at risk of a STI were examined. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 2137 Australians aged 60+ years that involved questions on STIs and STI testing was conducted in 2015. To help inform potential education campaigns, analyses focused on those who may have been at risk of a STI (n=805, 38%). RESULTS: Less than one in three reported a STI test in the past 5 years (n=241, 30%) while 6% (n=51) reported a STI diagnosis. Those diagnos..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council (Reference number: DP150100739). We would like to thank Associate Professor Briony Dow for her input into the study design, and the community organisations and individuals who either gave feedback on the study or who helped in promoting the study. We would also like to thank the participants who completed the survey.